Category Archives: higher ed

BackBox – What is it and how do I update it?

BackBox is more than an operating system, it is a Free Open Source Community Project with the aim to promote the culture of security in IT environment and give its contribute to make it better and safer. BackBox Linux is … Continue reading

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Why hiding your SSID is not secure.

Have you heard that hiding your SSID is a good idea?  Think again. With BackBox or Kali (in fact in form of Linux), you can run sudo airodump-ng phy1.mon at a terminal (replace phy1.mon with your network card number) – onboard … Continue reading

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Save the date for the 2018 Middle TN Cyber Security Conference.

Save the date for the Middle TN Cyber Security Conference. Website and registration details will be posted soon.      

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Need to check your PC for Meltdown or Spectre?

Need to check your PC for Meltdown or Spectre?  Use  Steve Gibson’s free tool to check if you are vulnerable. https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm

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Optimize MySql with MySQL Workbench

Everyone needs to keep the integrity of their database and tables optimized. How? Start MySQL Workbench and connect the software to your MySQL server. Right click on your database and select Schema Inspector Select all of the tables. Check each … Continue reading

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Bad HDD? It could be your Windows Updates

Recently we had a server that kept trying to install Windows Updates AND it would attempt to do updates IF the you skipped the HDD scan.  The updates would fail and the computer would reboot to a login screen. Here’s … Continue reading

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2017 Cyber Security Conference – Memphis, TN – June 2017

The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, The Tennessee Fusion Center and Central Service Association are proud to once again bring together individuals from education, government and industry to share in the latest information, strategies, best practices and innovative solutions … Continue reading

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Top Pen Testing ISOs 2017

What’s the top Pen Testing ISOs for 2017?  Here’s my ranking and download links. Kali Linux – https://www.kali.org/downloads/ Backbox – http://www.backbox.org/downloads Cyborg Hawk – http://sourceforge.net/projects/cyborghawk1/files/latest/download Parrot Sec – http://www.parrotsec.org/download/ Deft – http://www.deftlinux.net/download/ Live Hacking OS – http://www.livehacking.com/live-hacking-cd/d Samurai – http://sourceforge.net/projects/samurai/files/ Network Security Toolkit – http://sourceforge.net/projects/nst/ PenToo – http://www.pentoo.ch/download/ Knoppix … Continue reading

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9 Popular Password Manager Apps Found Leaking Your Secrets

Source: 9 Popular Password Manager Apps Found Leaking Your Secrets

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Check and repair your SSD or HDD using PowerShell

Want to use PowerShell to scan or repair your drive(s)?  Use the commands below to check your drives. Need to run a quick check?  Type the following using PowerShell as the Administrator. Repair-Volume -DriveLetter C -SpotFix If you need to … Continue reading

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Windows Cleanup shows 3.99TB? Is my math wrong?

Apparently there is a bug that shows 3.99TB of Windows Update Cleanup when you run the disk cleanup application in Windows 10.  With the plethora of updates that Microsoft has thrown at everyone, this would seem about right, however, you … Continue reading

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Free Cyber Security Training for Vets

FedVTE Training- Did you know that cyber security professionals report an average salary of $116,000—that’s nearly three times the national income average. Veterans are some of the best-positioned workers to transition into much needed CYBER SECURITY JOBS! There is free … Continue reading

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OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP)- Using on your home network

OWASP -The Open Web Application Security Project is an online community which creates freely-available articles, methodologies, documentation, tools, and technologies in the field of web application security. (Wikipedia) If you have wanted to learn how to test your network and … Continue reading

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DotNet 3.5 failed or won’t install Server 2012

If DotNet 3.5 won’t install or fails to install on Server 2012 (Under Features), there is a work around. You may see this when installing – Cancel the installation Insert your Windows DVD and open PowerShell – Type the following … Continue reading

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DHCP issues with KB3201845

If you have issues after applying KB3201845, Rick over at Whats On My PC may have first found it.  Apparently Microsoft is displaying a banner on their Windows 10 History page that says to restart NOT shutdown.   We experienced … Continue reading

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Goodbye CMD prompt – and update your PowerShell help

Powershell is becoming the new default command line.  It’s more powerfull and computers and operating systems always change. Before you get started, you may want to update it.  Right click your menu icon. Select Windows PowerShell (Admin) Next type – Get-Help dir … Continue reading

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Did you know Microsoft has an online Training Center for Office?

Microsoft offers an online training center for Microsoft Office that covers Microsoft Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, OneDrive, Access and Skype for Business. The training offers videos, tips and more.  You can find the training here.

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Completely uninstall Office with the easy fix tool

Microsoft offers an easy fix tool that gets rid of Office and insures that nothing remains in your folders or registry.   This tool should be use if you have errors installing Office or if you are wanting to remove … Continue reading

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Are your IoT devices visible from the internet?

BullGuard has a scanner that quickly scans your public IP address and ‘sees’ if your network has open ports that could pose a threat to you or even the internet.  Here’s the link to see if you have something that … Continue reading

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Cipher /w:C: securely erasing unused space

The Cipher program can be used to remove any erased data from unused disk space.  The command, Ciper /w:C: is used to perform this action and can securely erase data that you once had on your computer.  While this command … Continue reading

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